Scheme to rebuild primary schools

PRIMARY schools in Eastwood and Brinsley could be knocked down and re-built as part of plans to give 55 of the county’s schools a complete makeover.

Nottinghamshire County Council is applying to the Government for a slice of the £2bn it is making available to rebuild schools in a state of disrepair.

The council will ask for funding to rebuild 11 secondary schools, two academies, one special school and 41 primary schools – including Lynncroft Primary School in Eastwood and Brinsley Primary School.

There are various conditions on the project and council chiefs have warned that there are no guarantees with the Government making the final decision.

County Council leader, Kay Cutts said: “It will be down to the Government to prioritise individual cases, taking into consideration additional criteria such as a long-term demand for more places and whether the existing school site is listed or too small to accommodate a rebuild.

“We see this as a tremendous opportunity to continue our investment in our children’s futures and our schools, which we have already begun with our ambitious refurbishment programme.

“Whilst what goes on inside school buildings is the most important factor in education, we know that many of our buildings are in need of significant investment and that better facilities are also an aspect of improving educational standards.”

The council should find out by the end of the year which schools have been selected to benefit from the cash injection.

Rebuilding of the first batch of schools is likely to start as early as the latter part of next year.

Cash for the rebuilding programme will be funded through long-term private finance initiatives, exact details of which are yet to be determined by the Government.

Nationally the programme is expected to benefit between 100 and 300 schools.